HAPPY NEW YEAR, DEAR READERS!
The Mesdames and Messieurs of Mayhem had a fabulous year in 2021 in print and cyberspace.
We accomplished so much the past year that once again our annual review is in two parts. Part One tells you about the recognitions we received and lists our book and story publications. Part Two outlines our appearances in cyberspace plus our new social media ventures.
Hope the joke 2020, 2020-WON and 2020-TOO stays a joke! And that we’ll be seeing you in the Real World soon in the New Year.
Great News for 2022!
We’re delighted to confirm that the Mesdames of Mayhem’s fifth anthology, The Spirit of 13, will be published in 2022 by Carrick Publishing, Donna Carrick is our editor.
Spirit means ghosts or debunking of same, demons, joie de vivre, alcohol- whatever our wild imaginations brew up.
Stayed tuned for our cover reveal and publication date later this year!
Awards and Recognitions!
Jayne Barnard edited Sisters in Crime West’s first anthology, Crime Wave with author Karen L. Abrahamson.
It was a great debut: “Cold Wave”, by Marcelle Dube won the Crime Writers of Canada Best Short Story Award for 2021. And the novella, Salty Dog Blues, by Winona Kent, was a finalist for the CWC Best Novella Award.
And Jayne’s thriller, Why the Rock Falls had a warm review by CBC’s Anne Logan.
Melodie Campbell signed a contract with Cormorant Books for her new mystery series, The Merry Widow Murders, set in the 1920s.
She’s also a regularly featured author on leading crime fiction blog, Sleuthsayers. And she wrote the foreword to Crime Wave!
Lisa De Nikolits‘s dystopian thriller, The Rage Room, was a finalist for the 2021 International Book Awards for Science Fiction.
Rage Room has received terrific reviews on Good Reads and the Miramichi Reader among many other review sites.
Cat Mills was a finalist for Best International Director at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival – for the wonderful documentary she made about us, The Mesdames of Mayhem!
And yes, that’s Melbourne, Australia!
Congratulations are due to Kevin Thornton for his NINE short story acceptances in 2021. That’s more than 70,000 words, the length of a novel!
Sylvia Warsh‘s story, “Days Without Name”, was a finalist for the CWC 2021 Awards of Excellence for Best Short Story. “Days Without Name” was published in the anthology, A Grave Diagnosis, Donna Carrick, editor (Carrick Publishing)
Big congratulations are due to Melissa for her SIX story acceptances in 2021. Plus she was a winner in the International Thriller Writers Best First Sentence contest.
Melissa accomplished all this while working as an emergency physician during COVID. She is our hero!!
Published Books and Stories!
COVID did not keep the Mesdames and Messieurs down. Indeed 2021 proved to be an amazingly successful year for us with the publication of FIVE new novels and 17 short stories and essays. In addition, we re-released SEVEN of our earlier novels and had SEVEN of our short stories reprinted.
For full details on our recent publications, see our Year End Book Review for 2021.
The Grand Art of Murder is Cathy Astolfo’s latest thriller (Moe Publications).
M. H. Callway‘s short story, “The Moon God of Broadmoor”
appeared in the well-received anthology, Moonlight and Misadventure, editor Judy Penz Sheluk, (Superior Shores Press).
Lisa De Nikolits‘s critically acclaimed, The Rage Room, is now available on Audible.
Blair Keetch‘s story, “Killings 4 Sale”, is part of the black humor anthology, Asinine Assassins (Smart Rhino Publishing). And his story, “200 Miles to Murder” was published by Dark and Stormy Book Club.
Rosemary McCracken‘s suspense story, “The Passenger”, was published in Mystery Weekly Magazine, one of North America’s leading zines for short crime fiction.
Madona Skaff’s speculative fiction crossover mystery, Shifting Trust, was published by Renaissance Press. The striking cover was designed by her daughter.
Caro Soles’s latest speculative fiction crossover mystery, The Colony Dancers, was published by Mystique Press. It is the fifth book in the Merculian Mystery Series featuring Inspector Marlo.
Kevin Thornton’s story, “One Good Thing”, is one of the hilarious tales in the anthology, Asinine Assassins. And he sold eight Sherlock Holmes stories. Six were published in 2021 (MX Publishing), two are scheduled for 2022. For a full listing of Kevin’s Sherlock Holmes stories, please see our Year End Book Review.
Sylvia Warsh sold her suspense story, “The Natural Order of Things” to Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine for publication in 2022.
Her essay, “Recreating the Past” appeared in the Mystery Readers International Journal.
Two of Sylvia’s short stories were reprinted: “Family Values” in the 2021 BOULD Awards and “The German Credit” in What We Talk About When We Talk About It. (Dark House Books).
Melissa Yi had an incredible year. Her ninth Hope Sze mystery, White Lightning, was published in December (Windtree Press) and she still found time to publish five short stories
Here’s the list: “Dead Man’s Hand” in Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine; “Flamingo Flamenco” in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine; “The Three Little Prigs” in Burly Tales; “The Bao Queen” in Food of My People; and “Catgirl, Heart and Skin” in Artificial Divide. Her story, “Humans ‘n’ Hot Dogs” was reprinted in both Amazing Stories and Speculative North magazines.
And we wouldn’t be here without….
A huge thank you and big hugs to Marilyn Kay and Roz Place for their hard work updating the world about the Mesdames and Messieurs throughout the year!